ALMON BELL, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Rutland; a native of New Jersey; born in Warren Co., in 1818; his father, Joseph Bell, was born in Sussex Co., N. J., and settled on a small place in Warren Co., where he devoted his time to various kinds of business. The mother of our subject, Elizabeth Parker, was also a native of Sussex Co. Almon emigrated from New Jersey to Dane Co., Wis., in 1848, and settled on Sec. 21, town of Rutland, where he has since lived and now has a farm of 120 acres. In 1852 he left his family on the farm in this town, and crossed the plains with an ox-team to California, and there engaged in mining for nearly three years; whence, in 1855, he returned to his home in Rutland, and has since been engaged in farming. Mr. Bell has been variously connected with the public interests of the town, holding every office in the town except that of clerk, and serving in the capacity of Chairman for three or four terms, and Justice of the Peace for twenty-five years. He was married in Warren Co., N.J., in 1842, to Miss Mary, daughter of Thomas and Mary Shampnor, a native of New Jersey; their children are John S., now a resident of this town; Winfield J.S., now a carpenter and joiner in the town of Oregon; Theodore F., now in Iowa; Aaron in this town; William H., now a resident of Dunkirk; Mary A., now Mrs. Alonso Devine, who lives in Oregon; Laura, now Mrs. John Parish, who lives in Rutland, Almon H., at home; Orson, in Union, Rock Co., Wis; Eva in Oregon, Wis.; Hattie. The family is connected with the Free-Will Baptist Church.
1880 History of Dane County Wisconsin, pp. 1197-1198